Thursday, August 4, 2011

They make more than one sound?!?!

So the last couple weeks in our phonics lessons we are learning that some letters make more than one sound....some even make three! This concept totally rocked Annabelle's world and I realized that we are going to spend some time on this. I don't know why I was thinking that she would be all accepting of this. She's a little wary of change and had slight OCD tendencies (I mean the girl has a specific order for her blankets....and will let me know at 3am if they are out of order). So I scrambled around online and came up with a few trays to hopefully begin helping us with this concept. I started with the vowels A and E.

This one is sorting objects by sound. There are long A, short A, long E, and short E objects in the box. The objects all BEGIN with the sound she is listening for.
While reading another blog, I stumbled upon this really cool website called Super Teacher Worksheets. This site has some really great worksheets AND they're free. :) The couple that I printed have to do with short vs. long E and .....
....short vs. long A. These objects don't necessarily begin with the letter, but just have the sound in it. Eventually these will get mixed together.
The next thing that we will be dealing with in the next couple of weeks is the silent E. Why.....why do we have silent letters in this language? Knife.....seriously? Once she starts sounding out CVC words this will make more sense to her. This great worksheet is from one of the Ready2Read units from The Moffatt Girls. These are great units and are also FREE. Go check them out. I plan on using a whole lot of their resources.
These flashcards will be helpful for the long A sound and reinforcing the silent E. These are printed from one of my very first original resources Latternfish. We will also be using various worksheets from there too.
In addition to these trays we will also use (we have a membership), and our GeoSafari Phonics Pad (and heavens no we didn't pay that much for it). Happy blogging.


Linking up to Homeschool Creations and for the first time Sunday Showcase, Montessori Monday and ABC and 123 head on over to check out what others are doing. :)

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  1. I like how you set this all up!! Great resources that you found!!

  2. Leap Frog complex word factory DVD is great too, especially, if she's a visual learner.

  3. Thanks for sharing the resources. I didn't buy the LA program, I"m kinda doing my own thing and have been looking for some free resources. Didn't know you could get a membership to Starfall, what do you get w/ that? Andrea

  4. I love that you converted the worksheets into activity trays ... and that you included so many photos and links! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday! Deb @

  5. Thank you Deb for sharing this! :) I'm a new fan on FB.

  6. great activity trays - you made this all so much more fun & hands-on!

    would love for you to link up on the Sunday Showcase (open thru Thursday) and share this